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The Routes Not Taken: A Trip Through New York City's Unbuilt Subway System

Joseph B. Raskin

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823253692
eISBN:
9780823261109
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823253692.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The Routes Not Built discusses the unrealized plans to extend New York City’s subway and commuter rail system beyond the limits of the system as it now exists. It examines the reasons why the transit ... More


Building the Line That Almost Never Was

Joseph B. Raskin

in The Routes Not Taken: A Trip Through New York City's Unbuilt Subway System

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823253692
eISBN:
9780823261109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823253692.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Chapter 9 is a discussion of the efforts to build the 2nd Avenue Subway. It traces that line’s history from its initial proposal as part of the 1929 Board of Transportation plan through the modern ... More


Other Plans, Other Lines, Other Issues in the Postwar Years

Joseph B. Raskin

in The Routes Not Taken: A Trip Through New York City's Unbuilt Subway System

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823253692
eISBN:
9780823261109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823253692.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Chapter 10 studies the various plans that were issued for the expansion of the subway system following the end of World War 2. It was a period in which the public transit system did not expand to ... More


Construction Begins and Construction Ends

Philip Mark Plotch

in Last Subway: The Long Wait for the Next Train in New York City

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780801453663
eISBN:
9781501745034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453663.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This chapter details the beginning of the construction of the Second Avenue subway. In October of 1972, Governor Nelson Rockefeller and Mayor John Lindsay presided over the Second Avenue subway's ... More


A Twenty-First-Century Subway

Philip Mark Plotch

in Last Subway: The Long Wait for the Next Train in New York City

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780801453663
eISBN:
9781501745034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453663.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This chapter explores how the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) relied on debt to pay for 65 percent of its 2000–2004 capital program, compared to 37 percent in the previous program. When ... More


Saving the Subway

Philip Mark Plotch

in Last Subway: The Long Wait for the Next Train in New York City

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780801453663
eISBN:
9781501745034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453663.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This chapter describes how, in the 1970s, the New York City subway system continued the downward spiral of fewer riders, budget cuts, and reduced service, which led to a loss of more riders, further ... More


Andrew Cuomo’s Finish Line

Philip Mark Plotch

in Last Subway: The Long Wait for the Next Train in New York City

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780801453663
eISBN:
9781501745034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453663.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This chapter recounts how, in late 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo decided to prioritize the Second Avenue subway, pressuring the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to complete the project by ... More


Building a Subway and Unleashing the Plagues

Philip Mark Plotch

in Last Subway: The Long Wait for the Next Train in New York City

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780801453663
eISBN:
9781501745034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453663.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This chapter details the challenges brought about by the construction of the Second Avenue subway. Despite the extensive efforts of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to minimize ... More


What Happened to the Rest of the System?

Joseph B. Raskin

in The Routes Not Taken: A Trip Through New York City's Unbuilt Subway System

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780823253692
eISBN:
9780823261109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823253692.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The Routes Not Taken concludes with a discussion of the people most responsible for the growth of the transit system to what it is today, as well as why it has taken so long for it to further expand. ... More


Planning from the Bottom Up

Philip Mark Plotch

in Last Subway: The Long Wait for the Next Train in New York City

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780801453663
eISBN:
9781501745034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453663.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This chapter recounts how New York City Transit Authority rail service planners Peter Cafiero, Chuck Kirchner, Glenn Lunden, and Jon Melnick resurrected the Second Avenue subway in 1988. Even though ... More


Delays Ahead

Philip Mark Plotch

in Last Subway: The Long Wait for the Next Train in New York City

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780801453663
eISBN:
9781501745034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453663.003.0011
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This concluding chapter examines the repercussions of meeting Governor Andrew Cuomo's deadline for the Second Avenue subway. A month after the subway opened in 2017, MTA Capital Construction was ... More


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